Celebrating the streets, solidarity, community and culture! Eager to spruce up his neighborhood, Welling Court resident Jonathan Ellis connected with Ad Hoc Art in fall 2009. The first Welling Court Mural Project (WCMP) debuted in May 2010 with 44+ murals by artists coming together to transform the neighborhood into a creative celebration and unique public art experience. Now in its 6th year, the WCMP continues to meld a spectacular crew of legendary artists together with a fresh mix of emerging talents. Spanning over 50 years of public work and over 130 murals, the WCMP is one of the best collections of contemporary street culture on earth, all within this hidden gem of NYC; free and open to the public 24/7/365!
Some of the artists include: Abe Lincoln, Jr., Beau Stanton, Bishop203, Caleb Neelon, Cern, Christopher Cardinale, Chris Soria, Chuck Berrett, Dan Witz, Danielle Mastrion, Depoe, Don Leicht, Elle, Ellis Gallagher, EpicUno, Eyez, Gera, Greg Lamarche, Hellbent, Icy & Sot, Hef, Joe Iurato, John Breiner, John Fekner, Joseph Meloy, Katie Yamasaki, Kid Lew, Lady Pink, Lmnopi, LogikOne, MagdaLove, MAST, Matthew Ellis, Meres, Praxis, Python, Queen Andrea, R. Nicholas Kuszyk, Raquel Echanique, Rene Gagnon, Royal Kingbee, Rubin415, RWK, Ryan Seslow, SEBS, SeeOne, Sinned, SpazeCraft, Subtexture, Steven Cogle, TooFly, Vera Times, Wane, Werc, Zed1, Zimad & more.
As this is a walking tour of a public art project in the streets, bring comfortable shoes and whatever food and beverage you need to stay fed & hydrated. There are several locations around to buy food and beverages. Restrooms are available in local restaurants with patronage of the restaurant.
Saturday & Sunday Tour Info: Tours at 11am, 2, 4:30pm both days with Ad Hoc Art director Garrison Buxton will include discussions on street art and graffiti, as well as interesting information about the artists, the neighborhood, and the project's evolution. Come see how artists from around the world continue to unite with artists from the block to create site-specific works, which provide new arrays of visual experiences, changing how people perceive and interact with their environment. (1 hr)
For Kids: There will be sticker-making sessions during the day where kids can create and walk away with their own stickers, and kids will love checking out all of the colorful street art!
Image Credit: Brendan Crain